UPDATE: Another one of the suspects, James Webb, 20, of Lander, turned himself in shortly after 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office has concluded an investigation into the burglaries of two cabins near Bruce’s Campground, including one owned by a local judge. Fremont County Attorney Michael Bennett said in court this morning that damages are estimated to total more than $20,000. Two arrests were made by the Lander Police Department in the case last night, and warrants have reportedly been issued for other suspects.
Michael Vinich, 20, and Shaun Zgurich, 19, both of Lander, are each charged with two counts of felony Conspiracy to Commit Property Destruction, one count of Burglary and one count of criminal entry. Stacked together, if convicted, each could face more than 30 years and/or $30,000 in fines. Both are being held on $10,000 cash only bonds.
The cabins in question are private dwellings on the Shoshone National Forest and, according to court documents are owned by T.M. McKee and Donald Garvin. McKee is a municipal court judge for Lander and Riverton, as well as a Federal Magistrate. Damage to the two cabins was discovered in early May.
“It appeared as if a group of people broke into the homes and stayed for several hours partying and basically ransacking and destroying everything they could get their hands on,” Undersheriff Ryan Lee said in a statement. “We found shattered windows, holes in the walls, discharged fire extinguishers, broken dishes; the interior of the homes and their contents were extensively destroyed.”
According to the affidavit, there was a rock discovered in a hole in a wall and a burnt book’s pages had been scattered throughout. Irreplaceable antiques were reportedly destroyed, including an organ. The floor alone in one cabin reportedly had more than $7,000 in damage to it.
A receipt from Wind River Casino discovered at the scene reportedly had Zgurich’s name on it. A 15-minute video posted on Facebook by Vinich also places the suspects in the area near the time of the crime, the affidavit states. (See that embedded below. Readers must be logged in to Facebook to see the video. Be advised: strong language.)
The court documents state that Zgurich told investigators that he and others were in the Garvin residence on May 1 and the McKee residence on May 5.
Lee credits FCSO Det. Jason Cox with the investigation. More information will be reported as others are expected to be arrested.